The “Service-Learning: Intersectoral Collaboration Practices for the development of students´ soft skills and socially engaged universitie” project aims to disseminate the implementation of Service Learning within European universities and to support stakeholders (students, professors, teaching and administrative staff, civil society organizations). Innovative learning and teaching practices must help students develop transversal skills and acquire the field experience necessary for their integration into the job market.
What is Service Learning?
The Service-Learning approach in higher education is a method of experiential learning that involves students performing community service, critically reflecting on this experience and learning from it on a personal, social level and intellectual.
Why do we need Service Learning?
Higher education should enable students to get involved in social and environmental causes. The university should also promote student engagement and empowerment and strengthen their cooperation with civil society organizations and institutions in their territories.
We identified two needs that connect students, universities and civil society organizations:
Students seek to improve their technical and transversal skills to gain professional maturity. They need skills in communication, supervision and teamwork to facilitate their integration into the job market.
Involve students in social and civic experiences through Service-Learning activities to develop their autonomy and support local projects.
To meet these needs, we will establish new partnerships and strengthen cooperation between universities and civil society organizations.
Our main objectives
- Disseminate innovative methodologies in Service-Learning within European universities, share data and disseminate good practices and key steps in the implementation of Service-Learning in the long term.
- Encourage professors and teaching staff to familiarize themselves with the theoretical and practical aspects of the Service-Learning method in order to adapt and disseminate innovative Service-Learning projects to European universities.
- Strengthen cooperation between universities and civil society organizations.
- Support students in their learning process with innovative methods and field experience.
- Support student civic engagement and their involvement in social and environmental causes.
(each project partner will work on each activity and carry out one of them according to the following distribution)
- Eurasia Net : overall project management and coordination.
- University of Athens (Greece) : mapping and analysis of current Service-Learning practices within partner universities.
- University of Madrid (Spain) : training of professors and teaching staff in Service-Learning methods and their implementation.
- Aix-Marseille University (France) : promotion of Service-Learning projects at local and European level through events involving stakeholders.
- University of Bucharest (Romania ): create an implementation guide for Service-Learning projects and organization of a European forum on Service-Learning.
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